Wax Filling Was the Cutting Edge of Stone-Age Dentistry

Post date: Sep 23, 2012 10:8:2 PM

We’re lucky to live in a modern age, an age when, instead of ripping out a painful cavity-ridden tooth, we can have dentists drill away the rotten bit and plug up the hole with a filling.

But a new discovery reveals that fillings aren’t just modern conveniences: they date back to the Stone Age.

Researchers have discovered that a tooth on a 6500-year-old human jawbone has a large cavity covered by a beeswax cap—making that wax the oldest dental filling ever discovered.

Read the whole article at Discover Magazine